Spanish 8 Reales
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Spain was having serious trouble in the early 19th century. Napoleon’s armies had invaded their country. Napoleon was in control of most of the Spanish peninsula by 1809. In addition, the Spanish were suffering defeat after defeat. Spain's heavy losses were attributed to incompetent generals. New Spain, now called Mexico, saw their window of opportunity...
The French invasion of Spain led to the outbreak of revolts all across Spanish America. It was the start of the Mexican liberation from Spain. Mexican war for independence was hard fought. It was not a single event, but many regional struggles that occurred in a revolutionary civil war that lasted 11 years.
Finally, in August of 1821, the Treaty of Córdoba was signed. A new day was dawning for Mexico. New Spain’s dependence from Old Spain had finally occurred. Mexican Liberation from Spain had finally happened!
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To fully understand how the very first Spanish Silver 8 Reales was created you have to understand a little Spanish history. From 1475 to 1500 Spain was in a time of transition. It was the beginning of one of the largest empires in history known as the Spanish Empire or Hispanic Monarchy. In addition, it was the formation of the dynastic union between Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Basically, the king and queen of the Crown of Castile and the Crown of Aragon forming a joint reign. The young couple got married on October 19, 1469. She was 18 years old and he was only seventeen.
Both signed a document in 1475 called the Concord of Segovia. In short, this is where the real transitioning of power began. In other words, both of them would have the same power in managing their